Vaccine update: American biotechnology company Moderna just announced that it has agreed to supply the Philippine government with 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, as per Reuters.com. The delivery of the said vaccine is expected to arrive in mid-2021.
The company is currently liaising with regulators to pursue all necessary approvals before distribution and inoculation in the country. Moderna also shared that they expected to reach a separate deal with the Philippine government and private sector for an additional 7 million doses of their vaccine.
This newly inked deal will boost the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as part of the Philippine government’s campaign to inoculate 70 million Pinoys to achieve herd immunity, and finally reopen all sectors of the economy, which suffered tremendously in 2020 due to the pandemic.
As per Rappler.com, Philippine vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr earlier said that the target of the government is to secure at least 20 million doses for Pinoys in 2021, to add to the bigger plan of securing 148 million doses needed to vaccinate 70 million Pinoys.
This good news comes right after the Department of Health (DOH) reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases for the third straight day. The last time DOH reported this level of cases was last October.
Moderna is regarded as one of the most effective COVID-19 vaccines available in the market. Like Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine, Moderna’s vaccine uses a messenger RNA (mRNA) platform to produce an immune response against COVID-19. It has a 94.1% efficacy rating against the virus.
It should be noted that it’ll still take some time for the vaccine to be available to the general public, so for now, Pinoys need to follow COVID-19 protocols not just to uphold their own safety, but as a collective effort to try to stop the spread of the virus.